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Managing Psoriasis Itch
Psoriasis: There is no cure for psoriasis only control. There are prescription topical steroids. There are intralesional steroid injections. The biologics like Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, (infliximab) and Otezla are very effective at treating psoriatic arthritis and also the skin lesions of psoriasis. Patients with psoriasis are also prone to cardiovascular disease but the biologics help reduce this. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
An autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more
What would cause psoriasis only during the months of may through september? It itches severely when I go out in the heat or sun.
I have psoriasis so I've been laying out in the sun and I've got a rash that itches? What could this be and what can I do to prevent it for happing?
Itchy sun rash: Sun exposure rashes could mean a reaction to your sunscreen or a "sun allergy" like polymorphous light reaction (pmle). 90% of sun rashes are due to pmle, but there are other conditions that can make you sensitive to sunlight. If the rash is from the sun, the areas that were exposed to the sun would be most affected. Also, sunburn would make your psoriasis itch. This needs evaluation. ...Read more
I think I may have scalp psoriasis (redish flaky patches allover head that itches)how can I tell for sure, do I need to be seen for it or buy something?
Strep 3 times this year have psoriasis and had a outbreak about 2 months ago got steroid shot made it worse now spots everywhere itches bad what to do?
Check it out: See your doc and holistic healthcare practitioner. ...Read more
I have an itchy anus hole, no rash or bumps or anything it just always itches and sometimes bleeds (may be from itching) I have psoriasis if it matters?
Could be: It may be psoriasis but also may be pruritus ani, or "itchy bottom", especially if it wakes you from your sleep. The 2 most common causes are excess caffeine and excess moisture. See a colorectal specialist and get it diagnosed and treated properly. In the meantime stop all caffeine and replace with other fluids, and use cornstarch powder liberally on your bottom. No soaps and no talcum powders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My scalp itches, has flakes, white balls and white pimple like bumps. I have tried every type of psoriasis moisture and dandruff shampoos nothing help
Psoriasis can itch: There are many things that can make psoriasis spread and flare. Stress, smoking, alcohol, some medications, scratching, some infections (strep throat). Psoriasis can also be very itchy. If you are not seeing a dermatologist for your psoriasis, you should be. They can be very helpful in managing this difficult chronic disease. Remember, psoriasis has no cure. Bummer, I know. ...Read more
Do you have any advice for me on a medicine that will immediately stop the itching of my psoriasis?
See a dermatologist: No antihistamine will reduce itch from psoriasis. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sleeping pill: do not use except at bedtime. There is no cure but there are very effective treatments. Psoriasis is genetic. It is not your fault. Some prescription meds will aggravate it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My psoriasis has been cleared up for a while now but my back is constantly itching? Any ideas why?
Many choices: Depending on how much you could start with topical steroid ointments. Sun exposures can help but not too much or risk of skin cancer. If more extensive medications like methotrexate or Otezla which is new on the market. You need to have your physician evaluate you and recommend ...Read more
Which is better for managing severe itching in a psoriasis patient who has DM, CKD (Creatinine 2.64), Proteinuria, HTN - Mizollen or Avil Retard?
Psoriasis control: You need to discuss with your dermatologist, but psoriasis control is the answer. With the diabetes you are at greater risk of infection with the biologics for psoriasis. There is a new medication for psoriasis that does not have the risk of infection called Otezla which is given as a pill twice a day. It maybe decreased to once a day with kidney disease CrCL less than 30. ...Read more
I have scalp psoriasis and have tried everything I can think of with no results. Lots of scales and terrible itching any advice?
Psoriasis: You need to see a Board Certified Dermatologist. You need to try everything they can think of before you give up. Bet it won't take that long. ...Read more
My mum feels like itching all over her body and takes medicine to alleviate the need to itch she also has psoriasis. What's the best way to cure this?
What is the best over-the-counter medication for severe psoriasis to stop/relieve itching? Currently undergoing light therapy, condition worsening
My butt crack is dry and cracked and psoriasis runs in my family. Could that be the cause of cracking/itching? What cream can I use for relief?
Possibly: However there are other causes for rashes in that area. It is best to see a doctor before trying to self treat. ...Read more
1 elbow became dry&red. No itching. Could it be sudden onset of psoriasis? No family history of psoriasis.
I have scalp psoriasis and it's itching, I wanted to know which shampoo I should use, I can't buy the shampoos from the pharmacy they're too expensive?
Tar shampoo: In USA shampoo is not expensive. A bottle lasts many weeks. Tar, salicylic acid, Zinc pyrethione shampoos are available as low-cost generics which often help psoriasis. Plan to shampoo daily, in a shower if possible. Often useful to wet the scalp and anoint it with shampoo an hour before washing. In US these shampoos are in supermarkets. Consider a visit to a dermatologist. ...Read more